Great Sand Dunes National Park - High & Star Dunes - Member Hike

Hike Name: Great Sand Dunes National Park - High & Star Dunes
Country: United States
State: Colorado
Nearby Town: Mosca, CO
Rating: 3 stars
Directions: From Mosca, CO go east on County Road 6N 18 miles to junction with CO Hwy 150. Turn left and go 5 miles to Visitor Center. A quarter mile past the Visitor Center turn left into a picnic area. The trail onto the dunes starts on the west side of the picnic area.
Total Hike Distance: 5.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Moderate
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: In and Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Medano Creek Picnic Area
Trails Used: Make your own.
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: Streams
Management: National Park Service
Contact Information: Great Sand Dunes National Park
11999 Hwy 150
Mosca, CO 81146-9798
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Primary Paved Roads, Secondary Paved Roads
Hike Summary: From the trailhead, hike across Medano Creek (often dry in the summer and fall). Once in the sand dunes, you make your own trail. High dune is 1 mile west of the trailhead, but you will likely travel farther as a beeline in the loose sand is very exhausting. Stick to the crests of the dunes and zig-zag your way. Do the same once you get near High Dune -- follow the sand ridge up to the top of the dune (it's 650 feet high). The slopes of the dune are steep and very difficult to make any headway if yo go that way. Once on top of High Dune, you will see Star Dune another 1.5 miles west. It is 750 feet high -- the highest sand dune in the country. Follow the same technique to Star Dune -- zig-zag from the crest of one dune to another. Return the same way (not likely!).




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Trip Reports

  Date Rating Duration Hiker
Great Sand Dunes National Park - High & Star Dunes - October 22, 2010 October 22, 2010 3 stars 2 hours gmyersut


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